W.L.A.K. - WLAK

Published Tuesday 4th June 2013
W.L.A.K. - WLAK
W.L.A.K. - WLAK

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 136462-20256
LABEL: Collision
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1


Reviewed by Steve Hayes

WLAK aka We Live As Kings features US rappers Swoope, Alex Faith and Dre Murray plus singer Christon Gray, who come together for a uplifting and inspirational project, mixing hip-hop and R&B through tight, strong emceeing and soulful vocals (eg, "Long Way Down", "Eyes For You"). The project finely balances soaring quality in production and hooks, yet with a slightly underground vibe at times, often through the fresh and meaty beats handled by Swoope, Dirty Rice, Wit and others. "Imagine" over epic breaks, strings and piano is an inspiring standout track ("Kings die every day but we live for ever/Kings who die every day"). There's a rolling military vibe on "Reign Is Coming" with the memorable lines "It's gigantic, bigger than King Kong/You can't stop this everlasting kingdom." The project traverses styles with tracks like "YHWH" bringing a southern flavoured beat as Swoope and Dre Murray explore God's character while Swoope brings some sweet timing on "ABNY" (with Alex Faith). Another standout is "Arena" which samples Hillsong's "woah-oh." from "With Everything" as Dre Murray testifies and sets his eyes on the Son.

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